HTC One Mini 2 announced, shares only looks with the One M8
After having been leaked numerous times so far, the HTC One Mini 2 is finally official. The Taiwanese smartphone maker has announced the new handset today, and it looks a lot like the One M8.
That’s probably a good thing, since it’s one of the main differentiating factors for the One Mini 2 compared to what is clearly its most fearsome competitor – the (also newly announced) Moto G 4G.
The One Mini 2 has a strange name (you kind of expect a three in there somewhere too), but this is a lot better than calling it One M8 Mini would have been. This way, it’s made abundantly clear that this is the successor to the midrange One Mini from last year, and not a smaller version of the One M8 flagship.
Which is good, because the One Mini 2 is many things, but it’s definitely not a “smaller One M8”, as many people are wrongly calling it. It comes with a 4.5-inch 720p HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p Full HD video recording, a 5 MP front camera, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of built-in storage space, a microSD card slot, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, BoomSound front stereo speakers, and a 2,100 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6 on top of it. Its dimensions are 137.43×65.04×10.6 mm, and it weighs 137 grams.
The HTC One Mini 2 will be out in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia sometime in June. It will be offered in three colors: Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, and Amber Gold. In the UK, EE will have an exclusive on the Amber Gold version (at least at first), and the operator will start taking pre-orders on May 23. Three will also be carrying the phone, unsurprisingly.
Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but this handset is clearly not going to be cost under €300. So why would you choose the One Mini 2 over the Moto G 4G that will retail for just €220?
Well, there could be a few reasons. For example, the design. You may just love aluminum or the One M8’s overall looks (which the One Mini 2 emulates almost perfectly). Then there’s the camera resolution – 13 MP wins out in front of the 5 MP unit in the Moto G. Finally, you get 8 GB more internal storage, though in both cases there’s a microSD slot in there too. And that’s about it. The Moto G has a smaller battery, but by just 30 mAh, which won’t make any difference in use.
Everything else is basically identical. So is the One Mini 2 really worth the hefty price premium? Obviously, you’ll be the judge of that. But since HTC is clearly not going to make this an affordable device, what you’re paying for isn’t what’s inside, it’s mainly the outer shell.